Copyright And Congress

Posted on 11/10/2015 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

Since 2013 the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress has been engaged in a comprehensive review of the current Copyright Act. It has held 20 hearings and heard from 100 witnesses.

One of the issues being discussed is a copyright small claim court as an alternative to federal court for claims of relatively lesser economic value.

In addition there is discussion of:
  • removing the Copyright Office from the Library of Congress and making it a stronger agency so it would have better control over its budget and be able to eventually oversee any newly formed small claims dispute resolution process;
  • orphan works;
  • copyright registration;
  • a pilot program for the extended Collective licensing of images; and
  • limits to the expansion of fair use and the use of framing images to circumvent licensing.
The committee is currently setting up a “Listening Tour” around the country to hear the views of photographers, illustrators, graphics artists, etc.  They are sending 12 representatives and 12 staffers for face-to-face conversations to discuss a variety of issues including small claims, fair use, and copyright modernization.

For more information see the report of Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel, here.

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